No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52

– May 10, 2020

What’s remarkable in light of the near-global coercive lockdown for COVID-19 is how the terrible and terrifying disease of polio was managed almost entirely by a private and voluntary system of health professionals, innovators, parental responsibility, localized caution, and individual volition and caution where needed.


Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, and 116,000 Americans Died in a Pandemic

– May 4, 2020

For staying calm and treating the terrible Asian flu of 1957 as a medical problem to address with medical intelligence, rather than as an excuse to unleash Medieval-style brutality, this first postwar generation deserves our respect and admiration.


Ben Shapiro versus Lawrence Glickman on the New Deal

– May 3, 2020

In some ways, it is thus clear that the New Deal made things worse. In other words, it is Shapiro who is technically correct.


The Glorious Innovation of Containerization

– April 27, 2020

However, entrepreneurial innovation has unintended benefits that no one, not even the entrepreneur devising the innovation, can fully anticipate. To put the current fears regarding the global supply chain in perspective, let us imagine a world in which McLean never discovered the containership.


That Time Jesus Was Quarantined

– April 19, 2020

Our times have reminded us that being called diseased is like other forms of social division that drive people apart and make them more dependent on power. It leads people to fear, hate, and separate. Jesus too not only addressed that topic; he lived it, even at the penalty of personal quarantine.

1619 Project: A Critique

The 1619 Project: A Critique

– April 15, 2020

In The 1619 Project: A Critique, I evaluate a number of factual and interpretive claims and provides an accessible resource for readers wishing to navigate the scholarly disputes, offering my own interpretive take on claims pertaining to areas of history in which I have worked.


The 100-Day Disaster that Befell America

– April 10, 2020

It took only 100 days to asphyxiate the world economy and the suggestion of possible sickness to render a nation once characterized by rugged individualism, personal liberty, bravery and industry into house-bound milksops.


Our Ten Days that Shook the World

– April 8, 2020

After that day in New York, our worlds began to shut down. The following day, a national emergency was declared. Then the CDC recommended against 50 or more people. France locked down. Borders closed. Then the unthinkable scenario unfolded.


What Herbert Hoover Can Teach Us about the Reaction to the Coronavirus

– March 27, 2020

Just as Hoover’s policies during the Great Depression made things worse especially for the poorest in America, the policy responses we see now will hurt.


J.M. Keynes’s Dreams of a Eugenic Future

– March 23, 2020

Keynes’s futuristic vision also entailed a scientifically planned world of human heredity, ordered around a state policy of eugenics.


The 1619 Project: An Epitaph

– March 16, 2020

It took six months of heated debate to reach this point, but the New York Times’ 1619 Project has finally offered a small but crucial concession to its critics. On March 11, the paper published an “update” to indicate that it would be changing a disputed line of text in the lead essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones.


They Are Rewriting the History of Coronavirus in Real Time

– March 11, 2020

The daily threats and warnings have spooked markets far more than the sober analysis from genuine medical professionals. Markets, non-interventionist policies, and budget cuts have between little and nothing to do with the fear now spreading.